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Diamonds Are Forever By Michelle Madow

Diamonds Are Forever By Michelle Madow
The Secret Diamond Sisters #3
Published 27 Oct 2015 By Harlequin Teen

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Summary: It’s cold outside, but the drama is hot!

The Diamond sisters jet to the mountains for spring break, and Savannah’s flirt-mance with an international pop star heats up as her pursuit of stardom succeeds. But is this romance meant to be, or has the right guy been in front of her all along? Meanwhile, Courtney takes the next step with her secret boyfriend—and future stepbrother—and as their parents’ wedding approaches, the pressure’s on to reveal their relationship.

Peyton’s figuring out a plan for her future, but she still feels guilty about getting her former bodyguard fired and wonders if she can get over him in the arms of someone else. But the biggest bombshell will change everything once again, because Madison’s ready to tell the huge secret she’s uncovered. And with the boy who betrayed her but who could be the love of her life fighting for his own life, she might need the Diamond sisters more than ever.

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The end.

I am so sad to say goodbye to the Diamond girls. It had been such a good series. I admit, this book isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. It isn’t one of those action packed, super intelligent Young Adult books. The plot of this series (and this third instalment) is simple. Perhaps a little cliche, and this time, a little predictable but it is still good. I’m not going to knock it down because it isn’t what people would call an “intelligent” book.

Diamonds are Forever picks up a little after the ending of its second book, Diamonds in the Rough. After the ending of Diamonds in the Rough, I anticipated and expected a lot from Diamonds are Forever. Diamonds are Forever was predictable and its ending was a little rushed. Nevertheless, Diamonds are Forever came to a good conclusion. Everyone had their own happy endings, and I like that about this series. One of the main things that hooked me about this series from the start is the characters. Madow weaved in the different characters well. The sisters had their own colour and personalities. They are as typical as they come, but they had their own merits.

I wish that Diamonds are Forever would have elaborated more on Adrian’s back story. After the crazy revelations in the second book, it would have been good to know what really went down with Adrian back in the day. Still, the main focus of the story is about the Diamond sisters — so I won’t complain about that much.

I am so intrigued by the ending. I hadn’t expected Brianna to get her own chapter at the end, but she DID. And now I’m expecting a whole spin off based on Brianna’s story. Kind of like what they did with the Gossip Girl series, with Jenny Humphrey’s character. I don’t know if that is what Madow wants to do or has in mind, but I am all for it!

Now… can someone pick it up as a TV show already? This series is just as crazy addictive as Gossip Girl. I don’t see why it shouldn’t get its own TV series!

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Diamonds In The Rough By Michelle Madow

Diamonds In The Rough By Michelle Madow
The Secret Diamond Sisters #2
Published 28 Oct 2014 By Harlequin Teen

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SummaryAll-access doesn’t mean no problems.

The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah’s YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don’t keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters’ archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.

Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow’s riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.

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Michelle Madow has done it again.

Diamonds In The Rough is the perfect sequel to the much loved Secret Diamond Sisters series. Diamonds In The Rough is more dramatic; there’s more secrets, suspense, drama and an extremely powerful ending.

Diamonds In The Rough is even better than the first book. Diamonds In The Rough had better and more dynamic story arcs, in comparison to its first book. You learn more about the big secret that Adrian has been hiding, the truth behind Courtney’s birth and sheds light into Madison’s life.

Similarly to Secret Diamond Sisters, Diamonds In The Rough is also told in multiple POVs. It thought it was intelligent the way Madison’s voice has always been included in the POVs (and Diamonds In The Rough explains why!). It makes something so unimportant become important and adds a different dynamic to the story.

The ending blew me away. It makes me anticipate for the third book even more because the ending is such a cliffhanger. I really love the way the series is being done: the first book was more “introductory” and character-driven while Diamonds In The Rough was more plot-driven.

Diamonds In The Rough is fun and engaging and would definitely cater for fans of Gossip Girl. If you love teen drama set in Las Vegas, this one is for you.

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The Secret Diamond Sisters By Michelle Madow

The Secret Diamond Sisters By Michelle Madow
Published 25 Feb 2014 By Harlequin Teen

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Summary: Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite.

Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

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So. Much. Fun.

And how gorgeous is this cover?!

I know — this book has gotten a lot of flack online for many reasons, and while I do think some of them are valid, I have to say that personally, I had a lot of fun reading it. The Secret Diamond Sisters reminds me a lot of Gossip Girl and if you’re not a fan of the “typical shallow rich girl” stereotype, this book is probably not for you. The Secret Diamond Sisters is shallow, juvenile and certainly one of the lighter reads, but its exactly these types of books that I find so difficult to put down because they’re just so darn addictive.

The Secret Diamond Sisters are a predictable bunch. There’s the rebellious older sister Peyton, the responsible middle sister Courtney and the naive youngest sister Savannah. They’ve always lived under the care of their alcoholic mother and grandmother, until one day their mom spirals out of control and needs to check herself into rehab. In comes Adrian Diamond, Vegas’ wealthiest hotel owner revealing himself as their long lost father.

Was this book perfect? No. It was predictable and in some parts, a little bit uncomfortable — especially the conscious and highly questionable decisions that Savannah makes (including allowing guys feel her up!). Savannah is incredibly naive, and for that reason it keeps me on my toes, worrying over her every step. If there was an unbearable sister, it would be Peyton. Try as she might to be rebellious, she eventually gives in (even if a little bit) and for the most part, she’s just being annoying because she could, not because there’s a reason for her to. My favourite character to follow is certainly Courtney. She has a good head on her shoulders and she’s reasonable. I really like how she tries to adapt to her new surroundings while trying her best to stick to her moral guns.

It seems that a lot of people have also pointed out how overly lax the drinking-carding system is and how everyone got drunk all the time, but it doesn’t exactly bother me. I think to some extent there is a sense of realism, when it comes to underage drinking and clubbing at a young age and perhaps its a little bit overdone, but considering that these kids are filthy rich, I’m assuming they can get away with it.

I did enjoy The Secret Diamond Sisters. It is the first book in the series and it gave a nice overview of how the sisters are, how the kids in Vegas are and allowed me to travel to Vegas while stuck in my bedroom. The Secret Diamond Sisters is more character-driven; there’s not too much of a story arc, other then them trying to figure out their way around their new lives and the people that they meet along the way along with romances. Lots and lots of romance.

I’m looking forward to read the second book in the series and hopefully we get a little bit more of a story arc and that its a little bit more plot-driven. I definitely want to know more about Courtney’s childhood and how Adrian’s business plays a part in all of this. I’m hoping the author will delve more into the dangerous aspects of his business.

The Secret Diamond Sisters is definitely not for everyone, but if you’re into exploring Vegas in Gossip Girl style, this book will be right up your alley.

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